The steep winding roads are known locally as Tertres. The Tertre of the Tente links the square of the monolithic church to the square of the bell tower, with superb views over the village and the countryside. It is flanked by the medieval Gothic cloisters, which date back to the 13C. The remains of the medieval frescos are still visible as are the splendid sculptures.
The Tour du Roy is the last remaining Roman Tower in the Gironde. Built on a rocky outcrop and quarries dating back to the middle ages, the Tower was built in the 13C. It is a subject of much debate as to whether it was constructed by a French or an English King or by local Noblemen. It is today used by the Jurade (the wine ambassadors) who gather at the top of the tower to proclaim judgement and herald the start of the wine harvest. Climb the 118 steps to the top for a fantastic view over the town and the surrounding countryside.
No visit to St Emilion is complete without a visit to the 14C Cordeliers cloisters. Classed as an historic monument, the ruins are a haven of peace - the former medieval herb gardens are just the place to try the local sparkling wine, accompanied by a macaroon or two.
As you’re leaving town, look out for La Grande Muraille - the unrestored, magnificent wall and last vestige of an immense XIII contrary Dominican monastery, destroyed in the 100 Years War. The wall gives its name to the neighbouring chateau.